Council Member LaWana Mayfield Town Hall

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | City Of Charlotte

Join At Large Council Member LaWana Mayfield for the This is Your Charlotte Town Hall where you’ll have food, beverages, and positive conversations. Town hall participants include:

  • Charlotte Business Inclusion
  • City Clerk’s Office
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Department of Social Services
  • Digital Equity
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • DreamKey Partners
  • Economic Development
  • Housing & Neighborhood Services
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Strategy & Budget

RSVP to LaToya White at latoya.white@charlottenc.gov.

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A visit to the archives at UNC Charlotte

February 16, 2024 | By Chris Rudisill –  QNOTES Carolinas

Charlotte’s Black LGBTQ+ history collection includes political victories, Pride and personal stories, but needs the community’s help to grow.

Beyond a wall of glass and just off the elevator on the tenth floor of the J. Murray Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte, you will find the Dalton Reading Room, a semi-circular space lined with rare books and study tables. The space is open to the public, although appointments are recommended, and it is where Qnotes went recently to view items from the university’s special collection and archives, specifically those that document Charlotte’s Black LGBTQ+ community.

Since 2013, the collection at UNC Charlotte has included the King Henry Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive, a community project designed to collect, preserve, and protect the LGBTQ+ community history of Charlotte. Named after Don King, Sue Henry and Blake Brockington, the collection covers primarily the 1970s-present, with personal papers, oral histories, organizational records, ephemera and the full archive of Qnotes. While named after Brockington, it includes no items from his life beyond the past issues of Qnotes. That absence is indicative of a problem archives face when trying to document Black LGBTQ+ history. Discrimination in both communities has limited the stories that are often recorded.

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Ministry holds service for CATS bus driver recovering from shooting

December 31, 2023 | By Myles Harris –  WCNC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While a CATS bus driver is still recovering after being shot by a stray bullet, his congregation is recognizing the bus operator and calling his survival a miracle.

The Throne Of Grace Ministries in East Charlotte held a special service for Zavier Austin who was shot while driving a CATS bus earlier this month.

Several community supporters were in attendance, including Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden who also spoke at the service. Sheriff McFadden said that spirits were high during service. His concern focuses on how to better protect and manage public transportation buses during emergencies.

“We just come to celebrate it and support him. And let him know he has support throughout the year, and the coming months of his recovery,” McFadden said.

LaWana Mayfield, a Charlotte city council member, echoed the call for more action in keeping those behind the wheel safe from violence.

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City leaders, CATS drivers discuss safety changes after driver hit by stray bullet

December 31, 2023 | By News Staff –  WSOC-TV

CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) driver who was hit by a stray bullet on his route more than a week ago is back home and expected to be okay.

On Sunday, CATS operators and members gathered to give thanks and pray for his speedy recovery.

Channel 9 brought you the story on Friday, December 22, when the driver was hit in the neck by a stray bullet in a northwest Charlotte neighborhood.

In response to that shooting, both CATS drivers and city officials met to discuss possible safety improvements at a prayer meeting at the Throne of Grace Church off Albemarle Road.

Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield shared her ideas for more streamlined communication between drivers and management when any situation happens.

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Local leaders to hold meeting in hopes of bringing changes to CATS safety

December 30, 2023 | By Glenn Counts –  Yahoo!news

With the new year just around the corner, employees at the Charlotte Area Transit System are hoping for better safety measures.

Throughout this year, there have been several incidents involving CATS; most recently, a driver was hit by a stray bullet last week. Fortunately, he is back home from the hospital and recovering.

Both drivers and employees are grateful for their colleague’s recovery, and they will be holding a prayer service on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Throne of Grace Church on Albemarle Road.

Sheriff McFadden, Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield, and Union members are some of the speakers at the event. They are expected to call for improved safety measures for drivers.

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Council Quickies: Eastland Proposal Approved, Social District on the Way

October 9, 2023 | By Ryan Pitkin –  Queen City Nerve

Charlotte City Council met on Monday for an action review and business meeting that included an update and vote on Eastland redevelopment, an update from staff on social districts in Charlotte, and a public comment on the proposed Plaza Midwood Social District.

On the Agenda:

  • Eastland Yards Complex
  • Social Districts

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City Council approves $30M for new Eastland plan without amphitheater

October 9, 2023 | By Steve Harrison –  WFAE 90.7

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a new development proposal for nearly 30 acres at the old Eastland Mall site.

The vote marks a milestone for Eastland, which the city bought more than a decade ago, after it slid into financial distress and anchor stores closed, and then demolished in 2013.

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Charlotte City Council at-large candidates are all Democrats. Will that ever change?

August 24, 2023 | By  Emma Withrow –  NewsBreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( QUEEN CITY NEWS ) — There’s less than three weeks until the Charlotte City Council primary election, and candidates are gearing up for their final sprint.

But this year’s lineup looks a bit different than the last few election cycles. Out of the seven candidates running for at-large positions, not a single one is a Republican.

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Charlotte Pride: Charlotte LGBTQ+ History Timeline

August 16, 2023 | By Kayla Chadwick-Schultz  –  City of Charlotte

In honor of Charlotte Pride returning to Uptown this August for its annual festival and parade, the City of Charlotte is reflecting on 60+ years of recorded LGBTQ+ history with a condensed timeline. We do not intend for this timeline to represent a complete history of the LGBTQ+ experience in Charlotte; it is merely a highlight reel of significant moments, people, and places over time. To learn more, please visit the links provided below.

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